Major Leagues: American League roundup
The American League Roundup …BOSTON ó The David Ortiz-Manny Ramirez combo struck again ó though for the first time in a while ó shifting the focus from Ramirez’s talk about being traded by the Red Sox and helping to end the Yankees’ eight-game winning streak with a 9-2 victory Sunday.
Ramirez doubled twice and drove in two runs just hours after saying he was “tired” of the Red Sox and would agree to a trade if it made him and the team happy. Ortiz homered and drove in three runs in just his third game after missing 45 with an injured left wrist.
Boston moved one game behind AL East leader Tampa Bay after preventing a three-game sweep. New York had been 8-0 since the All-Star break.
Jon Lester (9-3) stayed unbeaten since his last loss on May 25 with his sixth win in nine starts.
Orioles 5, Angels 2
BALTIMORE ó The Baltimore Orioles ended their run of 15 straight losses in Sunday games, defeating Ervin Santana and the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 behind a sharp pitching performance by Garrett Olson.
Olson (7-5) allowed two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings, breaking a run of eight games in which an Orioles starter failed to get through the sixth.
Tigers 6, White Sox 4
DETROIT ó Curtis Granderson and Marcus Thames homered and Detroit beat Chicago to avoid a three-game sweep.
Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs and Ivan Rodriguez went 4-for-4 for third-place Detroit, which pulled within 61/2 games of the AL Central-leading White Sox.
Twins 4, Indians 2
CLEVELAND ó Justin Morneau sparked a two-run, ninth-inning rally with an RBI double and Minnesota beat Cleveland to pull within 21/2 games of first-place Chicago.
The Indians have lost 4-of-5 to fall 13 games under .500.
Royals 6, Rays 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó Billy Butler homered and drove in four runs, Kyle Davies picked up his first victory in more than a month and Kansas City beat Tampa Bay to salvage a split of their four-game series.
Athletics 6, Rangers 5
OAKLAND, Calif. ó Jack Cust and Kurt Suzuki homered and Athletics reliever Brad Ziegler set the major league record for scoreless innings to start a career in Oakland’s win over Texas.
Mariners 5, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO ó Jose Vidro hit a two-run homer, Jarrod Washburn pitched eight strong innings and Seattle snapped a season-long seven-game losing streak.
Toronto’s season-high five-game winning streak also ended.